RIMINGTON faced a tricky trip to Settle in determined mood on a beautifully sunny day, and came out easy victors.
The rout began on 15 minutes when Sargeson managed to squeeze the ball under the keeper from a tight angle, and then a minute later he latched onto a delightful throughball from Walsh before producing an audacious chip over the helpless keeper.
Dinsdale and Hutchinson combined well throughout the first half and Dinsdale whipped in a great cross for Lloyd, whose strong header was well saved. Sargeson was thwarted when one on one and shortly after he sliced another effort wide having beaten the off-side trap.
Walsh produced his own piece of magic as he waltzed into the box and fired a left-foot shot into the top corner to make it 3-0. Dinsdale had already headed one Fagan corner just over the bar, and before half-time he headed another against the post. Lloyd was alert to it and headed the rebound back across goal for Walsh to nod in for his second. Settle had their moments, but Rimington’s back four kept scoring opportunities to a minimum, leaving Kershaw with very little to do.
The visitors continued to dominate, and it wasn’t long before Sargeson brought out a fine save from the keeper, and Lloyd should have scored with a header, but he made amends when he fired in number five. Wharton and Penman replaced Dinsdale and Lloyd and the winger was soon in the thick of the action as he burst past the full back before whipping in a cross which the big man finished – his first touch after coming on.
The home side had to be content to counter-attack, and Worthington had a great chance to score but shot tamely at Kershaw. A fine flowing move from the back resulted in Hutchinson finishing it a la Carlos Alberto’s famous strike for Brazil in 1970, his right-footer flying into the far corner. Settle did manage a consolation as a free-kick from the left was missed by everyone and the ball took a wicked bounce to evade Kershaw and find it’s way into the corner of the net.
Rimington are at home to Mill Hill on Saturday followed by Pendle Forest away, and Terry Braithwaite said: “If we can win those two games we will go into next month in good shape.”